Carolin Aronis

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Role: Adjunct

Position: Special Faculty

Department: Communication Studies


Dr. Carolin Aronis is a Special Faculty member of Communication Studies at Colorado State University. She holds a Ph.D. in Media and Communication Studies from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and specializes in media and cultural studies, communication and media philosophy, gender studies, spatial rhetoric, and approaches for textual analysis. Before coming to Colorado State she taught media studies in Israel, where she also worked as a journalist and a biography writer for Holocaust survivors. Her paper “Communicative Resurrection: Letters to the Dead in the Israeli Newspaper” was recently published at the Journal of Communication. Her research about letters to the dead was also covered by The Intelligencer. Currently, Dr. Aronis is preparing two other papers for publication: one about the coverage of Jewish motherhood in Discourse & Communication, and the other about letters to the dead in Explorations in Media Ecology.

Dr. Aronis currently teaches the Gender & Communication course (SPCM 335) in the Communication Studies department. In 2018-2019 she will teach at CSU Visual Communication (SPCM 347) and Gender & Communication, along with Discourse, Culture, and Identities (COMM 2400) at CU Boulder. Her teaching experience includes developing and teaching several core courses for undergraduate and graduate students, with particular expertise in textual analysis, media, communication and cultural theories, gender and communication, and academic writing. She believes in creative, interactive, and “out of the box” teaching in order to provide her students with knowledge that involves deep understanding and critical thinking. One of her assignment in SPCM 335—instructing students to visually describe the relationship between sex and gender, was posted on the Communication Studies department’s website,

Dr. Aronis grew up in the Israeli academia, immersed in a combination of European and American scholarship along with a Middle Eastern Israeli focus. For her doctoral work she received her university’s prestigious President’s Fellowship. Her dissertation, “Mediated Public Intimacy,” analyzes how popular media establish intimacy between audiences and media figures. In her work she deals with distance, publicness, and impersonality as a means for the creation of intimacy, and for communication in general. Dr. Aronis completed part of her doctoral work while she was a visiting scholar at the University of Colorado in Boulder, where she acquired new skills, knowledge, and perspectives that greatly contributed to her research.

Since April, 2018 she serves as the Internet Officer of the Media Ecology Association (along with Matt Thomas). Her research about the Tel Aviv balcony, Mediated Public Intimacy, Letters to the dead, and Jewish Motherhood has been presented in more than 20 conferences, among them, the annual conferences of the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, the Rhetoric Society of America, the Association for Jewish Studies, and the Media Ecology Association. See her CV for more information about her work.


Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem

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